Professor David Fraser

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Professor David Fraser
Université Laval (civil law) and Dalhousie University (common law) and Yale
Position/Fellowship type:
Senior Associate Research Fellow
Fellowship term:
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Home institution:
University of Nottingham
Room C73 Law and Social Sciences University Park Nottingham NG7 2RD UK
0115 9515728
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
International Law, Law
Australasia, Europe, Scotland
Summary of research interests and expertise:

 David Fraser studied at Université Laval (civil law) and Dalhousie University (common law) and at Yale. He has taught in Canada (Dalhousie), the United States (SUNY Buffalo and Cardozo), and Australia (Sydney). Prior to coming to Nottingham, he was Research Professor in Law at Brunel University. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at the University of British Columbia, the University of Texas, Austin and at the European University Institute. In 2003, he was a Charles H. Revson Foundation Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. His research interests are in the fields of legal theory, modern/contemporary legal history, law and popular culture, hate crime, especially antisemitism and Holocaust Denial, and legal aspects of the Holocaust. He has recently completed a major study of the Nazi war crimes trials which took place in Australia in the 1980s and 1990s, supported by a grant from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, New York. The research from this project has been published as "Daviborshch's Cart: Narrating the Holocaust in Australian War Crimes Trials" (University of Nebraska Press, 2010) His current research project, archival research for which was funded by a grant from the British Academy, examines the so-called "Jewish School Question" in Montreal from the 1880s to the 1990s. His most recent publication, with Frank Caestecker of the University of Ghent, is "Jews or Germans?: Nationality Legislation and the Restoration of Liberal Democracy in Western Europe After the Holocaust", 31 Law & History Review 391-422, (2013).

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-May-2015 Bona Fide Acquisition: New in Scottish Land Law?”


in McCarthy, Chalmers and Bogle (eds) Essays in Conveyancing and Property Law (2015, OpenBook) 165-183

01-Aug-2013 Jews or Germans? Nationality Legislation and the Restoration of Liberal Democracy


  in Western Europe after the Holocaust Law & History Review. 31(2), 391-422

01-Apr-2012 Evil Law, Evil Lawyers?: From the Justice Case to the Torture Memos,

Journal articles

 Jurisprudence. 3(2), 391-428

01-Jan-2011 Shadows of Law, Shadows of the Shoah: Towards a Legal History of the Nazi Killing Machine

Journal articles

 Oxford Journal of Legal Studies. 32(2), 401-19

01-Jan-2011 Law's Holocaust Denial: State, Memory, Legality

 In: HENNEBEL, LUDOVIC and HOCHMANN, THOMAS, eds., Genocide Denials and the Law Oxford New York: Oxford University Press. 3-48

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